What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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February 25th, 2014 at 11:40:33 AM permalink
TheCesspit
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Quote: Pacomartin
That is kind of an understated recommendation for a film with an Oscar acting nominations in all four categories plus Best Director and Best Picture.

Christian Bale nominated for Oscar (1 previous Oscar win)
Amy Adams nominated for Oscar (4 previous Oscar nominations)
Jennifer Lawrence nominated for Oscar (2 previous Oscar nominations with one win)
Bradley Cooper nominated for Oscar (1 previous Oscar nomination)
Jeremy Renner (2 previous Oscar nominations)


It was well acted and well cast. Great performances don't make a great film for me... it may for others, and I am no movie critic. But a $6 Tuesday special ticket was well worth it.
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February 25th, 2014 at 12:20:55 PM permalink
Mosca
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Quote: Pacomartin
That is kind of an understated recommendation for a film with an Oscar acting nominations in all four categories plus Best Director and Best Picture.

Christian Bale nominated for Oscar (1 previous Oscar win)
Amy Adams nominated for Oscar (4 previous Oscar nominations)
Jennifer Lawrence nominated for Oscar (2 previous Oscar nominations with one win)
Bradley Cooper nominated for Oscar (1 previous Oscar nomination)
Jeremy Renner (2 previous Oscar nominations)


The film tried to be too many things at once, and missed being great at any one of them. But there's a lot of humanity in it, and it is awesome looking.
February 25th, 2014 at 12:24:12 PM permalink
Mosca
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Quote: TheCesspit
It was well acted and well cast. Great performances don't make a great film for me... it may for others, and I am no movie critic. But a $6 Tuesday special ticket was well worth it.


Each acting nomination is deserved, IMO. Best Picture is marginally deserved, Best Director is debatable.
February 25th, 2014 at 2:08:06 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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I am curious about some smaller movies that got incredible reviews, with well known actors and good directors, like Inside Llewyn Davis that sold only 1.5 million tickets.
February 25th, 2014 at 6:06:50 PM permalink
Mosca
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We saw Blue Jasmine, which was stagey but very good. Not great. Obvious and one dimensional in many ways. But still worth the tune-in.
February 26th, 2014 at 12:05:56 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Mosca
Eh. It gets us out of the house during a long, cold, snowy winter. Big screen. Netflix at home means fewer jerks in the theater. The money is an insignificant difference, a non-factor.


It's not the money, it's the convenience. Even my wife
has stopped going to movies with her sisters. She says
it takes too long and she eats way too much fattening
popcorn. Big screens suck, I like a 17" screen 18" from
my nose, with headphones. Far more entertaining all
around. It's the future, sitting is a crowded theatre
with a bunch of coughing rude people is becoming
ancient history. It's not a social event, what is it. You
don't converse or interact with anyone there.

Plays and opera and symphony and ballet are different.
Live performers. Movies are a thing of the past, soon
to be all in the past.
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February 26th, 2014 at 5:10:10 AM permalink
Mosca
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Quote: Evenbob
It's not the money, it's the convenience. Even my wife
has stopped going to movies with her sisters. She says
it takes too long and she eats way too much fattening
popcorn. Big screens suck, I like a 17" screen 18" from
my nose, with headphones. Far more entertaining all
around. It's the future, sitting is a crowded theatre
with a bunch of coughing rude people is becoming
ancient history. It's not a social event, what is it. You
don't converse or interact with anyone there.

Plays and opera and symphony and ballet are different.
Live performers. Movies are a thing of the past, soon
to be all in the past.


All the coughing rude people are at home watching TV, leaving only to people who want to see the movie in the theater!

I dunno. "De gustibus" 'n all that, I guess.
February 26th, 2014 at 11:22:36 AM permalink
FrGamble
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I recently watched "Flight" mainly because I will watch anything with Denzel Washington in it. All I gotta say is WOW! What an awesome movie I laughed, I screamed, I cried and I rejoiced at a powerful movie. I think its a must see.
February 26th, 2014 at 2:08:50 PM permalink
beachbumbabs
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Quote: Evenbob
It's not the money, it's the convenience. Even my wife
has stopped going to movies with her sisters. She says
it takes too long and she eats way too much fattening
popcorn. Big screens suck, I like a 17" screen 18" from
my nose, with headphones. Far more entertaining all
around. It's the future, sitting is a crowded theatre
with a bunch of coughing rude people is becoming
ancient history. It's not a social event, what is it. You
don't converse or interact with anyone there.

Plays and opera and symphony and ballet are different.
Live performers. Movies are a thing of the past, soon
to be all in the past.


Gotta disagree in part with this. Saw ET in 1981 in a premiere movie theater, downtown Minneapolis. Line around the block. no-aisle seating for 2000. Forced people not to leave any seats open to meet demand. And the audience reaction to that movie amplified the experience way beyond anything I could generate for myself - it was magical.

Granted people have gotten ruder. Texting/cell phones/talking at the screen/to each other more. But a good movie (last one I saw in a theater was Les Miserables) holds people enthralled for a commonality of experience that's worth enjoying. Standing ovation from everyone there just because it was THAT good. Hear a pin drop before that. Choppy or mediocre movies, you can tell because the talking/texting/etc. shows up as people get bored, though of course it's annoying when they do that.
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February 26th, 2014 at 3:24:19 PM permalink
TheCesspit
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Indeed, there is something great about a mass audience reaction to a film. Watching 'The World's End' in a relatively crowded theatre made it at least 25% better than watching it on the small screen.
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